Zoë Frederick
Class of 2017
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Warrenton, VA Brooklyn, NY

Zoë Frederick is a multidisciplinary artist interested in the portrayal of feminized emotion, handicrafts, and reality television. Zoë received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and is presently an MFA candidate at the School of Visual Arts. She has shown in New York, Philadelphia, Italy, and London and participated in residencies in New Mexico, Maine, and Brooklyn.

<div>In my work fleeting moments and strange actions are twisted into off-kilter fictions. Emotions are reoriented in ambiguous domesticity. The care and/or abuse evident in power dynamics and the miscommunications inherent in intimacy peek out from behind fast and fluid markmaking. These lines of humanity are often adhered to discarded materials, flimsy paper, or floppy fabric. Unearthly colors vary from thick to thin within cropped frames of unstretched canvas and become distorted by lumpy stuffing. Pillowy forms covered with women crying radiate both comfort and trauma.</div>
Zoë Frederick, class of 2017

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Fine Arts Summer Residency in Contemporary Practices

This intensive studio residency, hosted by SVA’s MFA Fine Arts Department, has been designed for artists working in both medium-specific and cross-platform modes of production that aim for the intersection of art and ideas. Taught by distinguished members of the MFA Fine Arts faculty, the residency fosters a culture of rigorous practice and contemporary thought.
 
Each artist will have use of a private studio in a location convenient to New York City’s gallery districts, museums and alternative hubs for culture and technology. Daily studio visits from renowned faculty support an ongoing discourse on art and thought. While the focus of the residency is on content and critical discourse, work in a variety of media is supported and encouraged, including drawing, painting, photography, performance, installation, digital and interactive media, electronics, sound and all modes of experimental practice. Artists committed to a single form or medium can expect to delve deeper into the material concerns of their practice. Residents are also invited to consider the sociopolitical potentiality of art practices situated outside the paradigm of individual authorship, via forays into social practice and public forms. Ultimately, the goal of the program is to create an inclusive space for artistic research, activated by the spirit of inquiry.  

Faculty and guest lecturers have included Dara Birnbaum, Media Farzin, Mark Thomas Gibson, Miguel Luciano, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Alison Kuo, Kameelah Janan-Rasheed, Mark Tribe and Caroline Woolard.

 

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